From the Executive Officer’s Desk: February 2018

Following the successful December launch of the IEPCP Strategic Plan 2017-2012, January has been a great time to focus on the coming year. We are now developing our operational plan, and incorporating valuable partner feedback on how to measure our effectiveness through an evaluation framework. Our website will shortly be updated by our web developer, to reflect all of these changes.

A quiet January has also been an excellent time to begin meeting with partners and organisations in the region to get updates on what they are doing and planning. I had the privilege of meeting Vivienne Cunningham-Smith, the CEO of Eastern Volunteers, a regional volunteer resource centre based in Ringwood; Jan Mattrow, Program Manager of MEDA (Melbourne East Disability Advocacy), a disability advocacy organisation representing people with intellectual disabilities based in Forest Hill; Jessica Bishop, Manager of the Migrant Information Centre based in Box Hill to hear about the current programs and new arrival groups; and with Professor Ann Taket at Deakin University Burwood, and the work of CHASE – the Centre for health and social exclusion.

I also met up with Shan Bergin, the Executive Officer for Southern Health Connect which is a consortium comprised of Link Health and Community, Connect Health and Community and Central Bayside Community Health Service, who have entered into a partnership with Monash Health. It was a good opportunity to gain a mutual understanding of our two organisations/partnership structures and look at areas we have in common or can complement and to share information.

And in addition, I also had the opportunity to become acquainted with Craig Guscott, the new Director of Health, East Division at DHHS to discuss the IEPCP strategic directions and key operational areas for the coming year.

In the last month I have also enjoyed interviewing for the vacant IEPCP Primary Prevention Coordinator role and we are now in the process of appointing an applicant, which is very exciting for our team. We look forward to introducing them in our March E-bulletin.

We are also currently seeking a new Executive Committee member, following a vacancy at the end of last year, and I invite any interested leaders of partner organisations to contact me for further details.

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people and other peoples of the Kulin nation as the traditional owners of the land on which our work in the community takes place. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

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